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>> jeff: tonight a new witness emerges. a senior u.s. diplomat contradicts the white house and seems to support republican claims of a cover-up over the attack in benghazi. david martin reports. israeli jets launch more air strikes in syria. the target, iranian missile shipments. charlie d'agata on what this escalation means. terrell brown reports on a soccer referee dead after being punched by a teenage player unhappy with a call and he's the billionaire benefactor. magalie la guire-wilkinson on a man trying to level the field by focusing on the very young. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news."
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>> jeff: good evening, everyone, i'm jeff glor. he is a man we have not heard from before. nearly eight months after its attack on a u.s. consulate in libya, a career u.s. diplomat is raising new questions about a possible cover-up. four americans died during the attack in benghazi last september 11th. today as david martin reports, a portion of the diplomat's account was seen for the first time on "face the nation". >> reporter: he is greg hicks. at the time the number two diplomat at the u.s. embassy in tripoli. in an interview with the house oversight committee revealed this morning on "face the nation," hicks directly contradicts administration claims that at first the attack was thought to be nothing more than a demonstration growing out of a similar protest that day in cairo. i thought it was a terrorist attack from the get-go. i think everybody in the mission thought it was a terrorist attack from the beginning. yet five days after the attack, this is how susan rice, the american ambassador to the u.n., described it.
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>> what our assessment is as of the present is, in fact, what it began, spontaneously in benghazi as a reaction to what had transpired some hours earlier in cairo. >> reporter: in the closing weeks of the presidential election the obama administration appeared reluctant to admit an american installation had been hit by a terrorist attack. but house oversite chairman darrell issa pointed out rice's statement directly contradicted the president of libya who had appeared just before her on "face the nation". >> this leaves us with no doubt that this was pre-planned, determined, predetermined. >> reporter: hicks told committee investigators rice's words were an insult to the president of libya and may have toppled efforts to capture those responsible for the attack. i firmly believe that the reason it took us so long to get the f.b.i. to benghazi is because of those sunday talk shows. hicks, a veteran of 22 years in the foreign service, has never spoken publicly about the attack.
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that will change this wednesday when he testifies before issa's committee. jeff? >> jeff: david martin, thank you. israeli jets again attack targets in syria overnight. this time hitting a spot near damascus. charlie d'agata has more on the israeli campaign to stop iranian arm shipments to militants in lebanon. >> reporter: syrian activists said this video shows a series of israeli air strikes pounding an area west of damascus overnight. huge explosions shook the capitol and lit up the horizon. the syrian government immediately blamed israel for the secretary air strike on its oil in two days, and the third this year. an act of war according to one official. today israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu held a special security cabinet meeting. he said nothing about syria. syrian state media reported that israeli missiles destroyed a major military and science
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research center. but intelligence sources told the associated press that the target was a shipment of iranian long-range missiles at that compound headed for the militant group hezbollah in lebanon. backed by both iran and syria, hezbollah is one of israeli's most dangerous and persistent enemies. they fought a month long war in 2006. hezbollah firing thousands of rockets from southern lebanon with israeli artillery and warplanes firing back all but wiping out the hezbollah arsenal. since then intelligence analysts tell cbs news hezbollah may have amassed up to 60,000 new rockets. israelis worry that some are the fatah 110 made in iran. the precision-guided missile that can carry chemical warheads and can strike israel's main population centers like tel aviv. in a further sign of the rising tensions, jeff, tonight israel closed down the airspace in the north to civilian flights and earlier the military moved two
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iron dome anti-missile batteries toward the syrian border. >> jeff: charlie, thank you. the investigation into the boston marathon bombings focused today on the home of the older suspect who died in the shoot- out. and on his widow as well. here's don dahler. >> reporter: federal agents today again searched the cambridge apartment of bombing suspect tamerlan tsarnaev. there was no comment on what brought them back. sources have tolted cbs news that small amounts of bomb res i due have already been found inside, appearing to could rabat the story that dzhokhar has given investigators. he admitted the bombs were made in his brother's apartment. the 24-year-old widow katherine russell shared the small apartment with her husband and their three-year-old daughter. the focus on her is intensifying. a search of her laptop found al qaeda on-line magazine inspire which offers bomb making instructions. investigators would like to know whether russell or her husband was accessing that material.
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the body of tamerlan tsarnaev remains at this worcester funeral home. today his uncle arrived to arrange for burial but funeral director peter stefan says he has not found one cemetery willing to bury him. >> you do have to bury him. you can't allow cremation so if nobody does it, whether it comes from washington or whether it comes from they will have to help. >> as for the bombing victims, many are getting on with their lives. at last night's bruins game jeff bauman got a hero's welcome. fans cheered the 27-year-old who lost both legs wile standing near the finish line waiting for his girlfriend to finish.çó n he woke up in his hospital when he woke up in his hospital bed, bauman helped authorities identify tamerlan. in a statement he said i want to thank everyone for their amazing support for me and all those injured and their families. i'm making greg progress. the fun that was established to help the victims and families has reached $28 million. tomorrow the fund administrator kenneth feinberg will hold a town hall and meet with the
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victims, expected to hand out checks by the end of june. don dahler, cbs news, boston. >> jeff: former arizona congresswoman gabrielle give ford visited some of the victims of the boston bombings today. fivford-- gifford and her husband visitinging the spaulding rehab center. she was the victim 6 an assassination attempt in 2011. in utah a soccer referee who was in a comma after being punched by a teenage player has died. ricardo portillo of salt lake city was 46 years old. terrell brown has more. >> at a press conference thursday the daughter of recreational soccer referee ricardo portillo talked about her father. then still in a coma. >> it's just not fair. he was a really loved person. everybody loves him. >> reporter: johanna portillo said her dad called a foul on a 17-year-old player and warned him with a yellow card. >> i guess this guy didn't like it. and when he was writing down his notes, he just came out of nowhere an punched him. >> reporter: at first portillo seemed okay.
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but his daughter said he started vomiting. after being taken to a local hospital, portillo slipped it into a coma. he died last night, age 46. >> it's horrible. and i'm not surprised in one way the way the passion around youth sports has become. >> reporter: bill rhodan sports columnist for "the new york times" sees a growing culture of reckless behavior from both players and parents in youth and recreational league sports. >> people are thinking scholarships, people are thinking careers as officials in sports, and the stakes are really, really getting high. and i think we're losing our perspective of what sports is supposed to be about. >> reporter: rick wolff hosts a radio show on parenting and sports. >> the time has come for high school athletic directors, travel team coaches, youth leagues to really sit down and explain to the athletes you have to understand, you have to be held accountable for your actions. >> reporter: according to police in utah the alleged assailant is
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being held in a juvenile detention facility on aggravated assault charges. he is to the being identified because of his age. and with portillo death last night the district attorney's office is now looking at additional charges. jeff. >> jeff: terrell, thank you. >> police in california tonight are investigating a limousine fire that claimed five lives. it happened on the san mateo bridge near san francisco last night. the lincoln was carrying nine passengers when it burst into flames. five women were trapped and died. according to the san jose merck according to the san jose news, all were on their way to a bridal shower and the bride to be is among those who died. four women and the driver escaped. one with serious burns. authorities have not said why the fire started. elsewhere in california tonight, crews battling wildfires are getting help from calmer winds and cooler weather. more than 1900 firefighters have been working against a string of wildfires. the big spring fire in the rugged canyons north of los angeles is now 60% contained. so far this year california has
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seen over 680 wildfires, 200 more than average. later the man with ten billion dollars and his plan for early childhood education. women scarred by tattoos, a disturbing weapon of domestic violence. what happens when america leaves afghanistan for good? a visit with local forces who will answer that question. those stories when the "cbs evening news" continues. okay, team! after age 40, we can start losing muscle -- 8% every 10 years. wow. wow. but you can help fight muscle loss with exercise and ensure muscle health.
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u.s. troops are trying to cut back on that violence now and over the future by training afghan police. elizabeth palmer watched them work. >> i think we just hit an i.e.d. >> reporter: 24 american soldiers have died in afghanistan this year. but, in fact, that's sharply down from 2012 when by the end of may 98 had died. the drop is largely due to afghan forces taking the lead in the fight against the taliban. and one initiative in particular has american commanders sounding upbeat. afghan local police. basically they are village men who get uniforms, a little training and a small salary to become a kind of armed neighborhood watch. >> how long you have been here? >> reporter: is it effective? special operations major general tony thomas with local afghan officials is working to expand the program says just look at the rise in taliban attacks against the afghan local police. >> they very much want to destroy this phenomenon because
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they realize it's where all-- where they used to enjoy all their sanctuaries, where they used to enjoy recruitment. >> reporter: here's why. in kaytak village south of kandahar a lookout keeps an eye on who is coming and going while other policeman patrol the fields. they know exactly who has legitimate business here, and who doesn't. and if somebody is up to no good, they can call the afghan army based nearby, or u.s. special forces. with a cell phone mast newly installed outside the american base, help in an emergency is just a phone call away. >> how is it going? >> reporter: these men are credited with bringing real stability to remote parts of southern afghanistan for the first time in a decade. but the question is can they continue after the end of next year when the americans back up with its overwhelming firepower leaves afghanistan for good. cbs news, kandahar, afghanistan. >> jeff: an airshow in spain ended in tragedy today.
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>> jeff: one in every four women will experience domestic violence in her life time. abuse takes many forms including one that is not widely known. women branded with tattoos. here's norah o'donnell, cohost of cbs this morning. >> reporter: lattishia sanchez was 14-years-old when she says she was attacked by five men including her boyfriend. >> i didn't think i would get raped, let alone by people i didn't know, let alone my boyfriend allowing it. >> reporter: during the assault they that toad her boyfriend's
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name across her neck using a needle and pencil led. six years later she can't forget. >> i can not even look at myself in the mirror, like right now. our mirrors are covered up. >> reporter: elena endured a series of violent boyfriends, to placate one she tattooed his name on her hip. >> he wanted me to show him i was his, he was mine, and i wanted to please him and i wanted him to be happy. >> this is control. this is you belong to me. >> reporter: dawn maestas is a tattoo removal specialist in new mexico. she said it is often used as a weapon of domestic violence. >> i have victims who come in who have been drugged and tattooed. have been physically held down and forced to be tattooed. and i get angry. i get so angry because i know what these tattoo-- tattoos mean. >> reporter: she knows because she had one too, voluntarily putting her own abuser's name on the back of her hand. it was one of the first tattoos she removed.
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>> it was just very strange thing that i never thought about, that when this tattoo was gone, how light-hearted i seemed to be. there was just a certain, i don't know, an elevation that took place. >> reporter: now she donates her time and her laser to help others. >> she's been through something similar and it just gives you like that connection. >> reporter: with just one session so far, sanchez has already seen a change. >> i got so happy, i started crying. i was like looking at it, touching it, like really, it's like a magic "eraser". >> once it's not visible any more, like that's going to make you feel like a whole new person. >> reporter: she says what she does is just a finishing touch. >> the tattoos are like one thing i get to take away. they are one thing that i get to take away. >> reporter: a small step on the road to survival. norah o'donnell, cbs news, new york.
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>> jeff: finally tonight in a commencement address at ohio state university today, president obama mentioned among his priorities, the need to educate more children at a younger age. if you are wondering what state provides the best preschool education in this country, it may very well be oklahoma. part of that is because of one man, magalie laguerre-wilkinson reports. >> reporter: billionaire george kaiser's foundation spends $20 million a year on early
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childhood education for low income families in oklahoma. kaiser says his passion derives partly from a sense of guilt. >> a moral obligation for all of us t is incumbent upon all of us to try to level the playing field to some degree. >> reporter: his foundation helped 530 newborns to four- year-old as tend this program in tulsa, educare, year-round and for free. you're teaching little kids. why hasn't this caught on like wildfire across the country. >> it is very expensive to provide 50 weeks a year, eight hour day education for infants and toddlers. it is less expensive than not doing it, but it is expensive to go it. >> reporter: educare costs $120,000 per year per child. classrooms are state of the artr teachers have college degrees and early childhood training. kaiser believes the investment pays off in a better educated workforce and less crime. >> reporter: it seems like you're almost bridging the gap between the haves and have nots in a way. >> i wouldn't want to resort quality by knocking down the haves.
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i would rather do it by bringing up the have nots. >> reporter: kaiser gives in tulsa because tulsa gave his parents a fresh start after they fled nazi, germany. his father co-founded kaiser- francis oil company which he took over in 1969. "forbes" magazine estimates his wealth at $10 billion. educare centers are located near public schools, something jennifer sotelo appreciates. as a teenage mother she had to drop out of school but when her son jaden got a spot in educare, she was able to go back right across the street. >> i'm doing this because my child inspires me. he is my motivation to continue pursuing my dream. >> reporter: jennifer is set to graduate next month as her high
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school valedictorian. how do you talk to other business people to get them on the bandwagon with you? >> we have strong evidence that it works, it pays, and it's the right thing to do. >> reporter: with state funding for pre-k flat or declining in most states, it may take more philanthropists like george case tore fill the gaps outside of oklahoma. >> what's that number? >> reporter: magalie laguerre- wilkinson, cbs news, talisa. >> jeff: that is the "cbs evening news" tonight. later on "60 minutes." i'm jeff glor, cbs news, scott pelley will be here tomorrow. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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